As well as out intricate design services, CK Architectural Manchester also operate a building and construction project management service as well. This is the most effective way to minimise involvement and maximise efficiency in your build to get the most of your money without any nasty surprises or concerns along the way.
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Our construction and building project management service mean that we are on hand to take care of every aspect of your build from helping you choose the builders on the job right through to keeping everyone on task, contractually bound and with perfect communication.
We will then review the building project management schedule with you and the contractors and revise the schedule as required. Furthermore, we will determine the objectives and measures upon which the project will be evaluated at its completion.
As well as the original architectural designs we provide initially, we then need to produce construction drawings to take the build to the next level. This is where we take note of things like fixtures, fittings, electricals and plumbing, as well as creating any necessary adjustments due to things unforeseen at the design stages. This is also what you will need to use to select your builders or to give to external agents you know and trust in select areas.
In addition to the drawings, we are also able to use the building project management service to create a schedule of works alongside the construction drawings since we have the knowledge and experience of working in the industry to understand what each part of the build entails. This allows us to create a general timeline that the build will follow throughout and that you can use to plan your life around the build as well as have an idea of what is going to occur at all times.
Selecting the builders that you would like to work on your project can be a seriously daunting task. They are going to be involved in your life for months after all for the most part, and you need to make sure that you are choosing builders that are reliable, trustworthy and that you are comfortable around most of all. As project managers, we will help you with this as a part of the service by helping you to choose the right builders for the job. We will recommend people based on your requirements as well as putting forward options that we have worked with previously around Manchester when managing other projects if that is what you’d like, and we can work together to create the perfect team for the job without worry.
To ensure that all duties and obligations are legally recorded, we will form a building contract between the parties involved. This contract is to serve the purpose of legal protection should it be needed for any reason through areas of the contract not being met. This includes costed drawings, schedules, and the builder’s quotation as well.
It will also cover a detailed payment schedule to ensure there is no room for issue in this regard, the builders insurance, and an agreement of working conditions when on site such as working hours, facility usage and any other requisites the two parties may have. We will commence this part of the project by hosting a meeting with all involved parties to ensure all are on the same page and the work can be carried out effectively and efficiently.
We currently use the industry-standard JCT suite of contracts.
While this work is being undertaken, the CK Architectural team will visit the site each week and report the progress back to the client in order to keep a continuous progress report. We will also ensure the build quality is up to standard and that the project is progressing in the way that it should be, or if any issues need to be addressed for any reason.
Every second week, we will also invite all parties involved to meet with us in order to discuss the findings of the site inspections and allow a clear and unchallenged line of communication to unfold in a civil and professional way, resolving anything that needs to be resolved with the utmost efficiency.
We produce a report on each visit which includes reviewing against the programme, build variations which may incur costs, and report on all statutory issues such as regulations and planning. This means there is a constant builder communication channel and no room for anything unclear.
The complete project management role is ensuring your property is handed back to you and is ready for use. To ensure the build is complete we coordinate the handover process checking all the statutory requirements have been fulfilled and signed-off, check receipt of all required test certificates, inspect the build to make sure it is as per the drawings and specifications and if not issue a snagging list which identifies the items be rectified.
Our fee for project management is based upon the time during the project but as guidance, it is approximately 5% of the build cost.
Project management is a job that requires vast experience and skill in managing a huge range resources and contractors and is an invaluable service on building projects that save our clients time, stress, and money.